Location: Wisconsin, United States
A six-week University of Illinois Field School in Midwestern Archaeology will be held this year at the Trempealeau site (in the beautiful unglaciated Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin, within the city limits of Trempealeau, WI), as part of the three-year ‚Äö√Ñ√∫Mississippian Initiative,‚Äö√Ñ√π funded by the National Science Foundation, and co-directed by T. Pauketat, R. Boszhardt, and D. Benden. It seeks to answer how specifically Cahokia altered the history of North America for centuries. This year, we will seek evidence from one of its distant likely outposts, the unusual hilltop complex hundreds of miles north of Cahokia. Our project will seek to discover whether Trempealeau was primarily a colony, a mission, or a group of Cahokian expatriates. Were the occupants primarily Cahokians? If so, did they engage locals on site? Were the relations peaceful or antagonistic? Is there a heavy emphasis on Cahokian religion or religious temples at the site? The answers that we find in the earth promise to revise how we think about ancient culture contacts, pre-Columbian religious conversion, and the basis underlying a period of apparent ‚Äö√Ñ√∫peace‚Äö√Ñ√π in the Mississippi valley between A.D. 1050-1200.
Period(s) of Occupation: Mississippian
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
We will be staying in a hotel and a house in Trempealeau. Bring bedding (single sized cots/air mattress), eating utensils, your favorite cookpot, and, optional but a good idea: a foldable/portable chair. Students will be responsible for paying for their own food and transportation, but carpooling and communal cooking is the norm. Application is required, available online at following URL: http://www.anthro.illinois.edu/
Pauketat, Timothy R., Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi, 2009, New York